To take pictures with a camera, a lot of people might think, is so easy. “Anyone can do that”, they might say. But it’s funny how something that can be done any day anytime can be so profoundly deep. The works of Namsa Leuba are deeply indigenous but refreshingly modern at the same time. They are focused on the Western view of preconceived ideas about Africa and how it relates to beauty.
Born in 1982 to a Swiss father and a Guinean mother and a graduate with Masters in Art Direction from the University of Art and Design in Lausanne. Her work has been published in numerous magazines such as British Journal of Photography, European Photography, Libération, New York Magazine among others. She has some beautiful series; Ya Kala Ben – meaning “crossed look” (here) and Cocktail (here).
Namsa Leuba is also a recipient of several acclaimed international awards including the PhotoGlobal Prize at the 2012 Fashion and Photography Festival in Hyères, Emerging Photographers in United States at the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward festival among others.
Her works were recently exhibited at Daegu Photo Biennale, South Korea in (2014), the Lagos Photo Festival, Nigeria (2014), Fotofestival’s main exhibition Haute Africa (2014), That Art Fair Cape Town (2015) etc. She also has upcoming exhibitions: Art 21, Lagos, (2015), Saatchi Gallery, London (2015), Photo Quai – Quai Branly Museum, Paris (2015), Making Africa, A Continent of Contemporary Design – Vitra, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain (2015).
Her pictures are ridiculously beautiful and I can only post a few.
See some of her amazing pictures below: